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Match Report: Navalcarnero 2-3 Real Madrid Castilla

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A little step closer...

With the season objective met, and the fact that Castilla had spent the majority of the campaign in and around the play-off areas, it was starting to look like a new objective could be formed. Before that point though, Castilla were going to have to bring in some results ahead of the home stretch. This week’s away trip to strugglers Navalcarnero was the perfect opportunity to do so. When the line-up was released I’m sure there were a few shocks, as Manolo Díaz mixed it up a little and tried some things out. Cristo González started out on the wing, with Dani Gómez earning a starting spot up top after his heroics last week. Javier Sánchez took the armband back, and started in centre-back alonside Álex Martín. Interestingly the official team-sheet was marginally incorrect, but the player the left out for De Frutos would make sure to let them know of their mistake...

This game was a scrap, like so many are in Segunda B. But unlike many of those other games, Castilla gained an early advantage when they took the lead after 25 seconds. Sone tidy play saw Dani Gómez square it for Álvaro Fidalgo to finish off. Not long later Castilla managed to double their lead in a style that befitted the game. Fidalgo almost had his second before Cristo saw his shot blocked on the line, finally leading to Alberto nudging it in past the bed of defenders scrambling around. The first half action was far from done there, as Navalcarnero pulled one back with a well worked move. Alberto was there to save the day though, as he slotted home a smooth pullback from Sergio López. The second half really brought out the agression from the hosts. The side who had not picked up a single point in 2019 started to see red, and began lashing out on the quicker Castilla players. The referee managed it all pretty poorly, and they often got away with far more than they should have. They did manage to get back into the game off the back of a long throw-in, but you never got the feeling that Castilla were unable to handle the situation. They could have even had more goals through Alberto and Seaone. The dramatic game ended 3-2 to Castilla!

This win further strengthens their position in the play-off spaces, as they sit in fourth place, only four points behind leaders Fuenlabrada. With a home game against Valladolid B up next, they could really set things up nicely for a dreamy finale. Man of the match went to Alberto whos technical superiority was vital to clean up a very sloppy match. We will know soon enough what this young side are really capable of.

Goals: Fidalgo & Alberto x2.

Assists: Gómez & López.

MOTM: Alberto.